While spending a few days in Florence (mid-July), I had the opportunity to enjoy a 4 hour food tour with Antoinette from Taste Florence. … [more]
Having lived in Florence for 9 months with my family (Aug 2009 – June 2010), I have decidedly favorite food spots including: walking across the Ponte Vecchio (bridge across Arno River) for a honey-lined croissant or strolling to my favorite ‘frutta e verdure’ to buy fresh
I am not sure why this doesn’t happen when I am home (Seattle, WA, USA); but in Italy, my internal ‘dinner bell’ ushers in a craving for ‘a plate of
I cannot believe it is the last day. On the one hand, this DaVinci Storyteller Experience has flown by. On the other: we are full to the gills with stories, wine, memories, pictures, wine, inside jokes, brilliant ‘field trips’, wine, rich content and a lifelong affection for Vinci, Italy. As I write this, we are just an hour shy of our last evening together: all four DaVinci Wine Storytellers… [more]
Late nights, early mornings, Tuscan sunshine and one adventure after another. This must be what it feels like to straddle the gap between the dream world and reality?
I adore starting each day on the terrace, enjoying espresso, spreading preserves over fresh bread, eating Toscano meats and cheeses—plus a few sweet bites of pastry.
We shoved off around 8:30 am for Montalcino (about a 2 hour drive; so worth it).… [more]
Today was all about Vinci’s Chianti (need a Chianti primer?).
Day 2 of our DaVinci Wine Storyteller journey greeted us with breakfast on the terrace, a walking tour with agronomist Andrea Meini (where we learned hoards of information on vineyards, the Montalbano region of Chianti… [more] and its micro-climate, and the passion and teamwork that go into the DaVinci Cooperative) and a tour of Leonardo da Vinci’s birth home.
Wow what a whirlwind!
I am in Vinci, Italy, after Seattle to NY to Rome to Florence flights. Myself and 3 other Storytellers are sharing 6 days in this Tuscan town—compliments of DaVinci Wines. It is such an overwhelmingly fantastic opportunity; I type this at a tiny desk, looking at an Italian hillside… just 15 minutes prior to our first wine tasting. I am sure my lack of sleep will… [more]
Today DaVinci wine announced the four winners of their Storyteller Contest; winners will travel to Vinci, Italy, for a week in July to absorb every last detail of Vinci: the people, culture and [wine] cooperative—and to sip countless drops of DaVinci wines.
I am humbled, in awe and BEYOND TALK that I have been CHOSEN TO GO TO VINCI, ITALY—courtesy of DaVinci Wines.
Please go and say thank you … [more]
Anyway… ‘Dario the Butcher’ is in the book, he was a main cast member who influenced and trained Mario. And I went to see him. I saw his butcher shop and ate
Here, a list and little blurb about 5 restaurants I would go back to for lunch…. oh yeah! I already have!
1. ZEB… [more] or zuppa e bollito is located in the San Niccolo quadrant of the city (Oltrarno). You can point and shoot: literally piece-meal your lunch together by selecting from the meats, cheeses, sides, soups, entrees and dessert made just that day. One day I went and had